School Leadership

Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI)

The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), in partnership with Baruch College, is a one-year leadership development program for high-performing principals, network, cluster, or central leaders. Taught by current DOE leaders, ALI combines theory with clinically-rich learning experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes necessary to effectively lead at the systems-level.

Participants accepted into ALI will be eligible for reduced tuition fees through Baruch College. Those who meet and demonstrate success will receive a certificate of completion from the DOE and be considered for New York State (NYS) School District Leader (SDL) certification. Candidates who already hold School District Leader (SDL) certification are also eligible to apply. 

The goals of ALI are to:

  • Develop a pipeline of experienced leaders with access to advanced career pathways and with the demonstrated skill set to explore new challenges across the DOE (i.e. superintendent, network/cluster team)
  • Strengthen participants' leadership capacity through experiential opportunities such as case studies and workplace challenge scenarios, as well as networking and professional relationships development with other educational administrators

School District Leader (SDL) Objectives:


  • Current DOE employee—in good standing
  • Minimum of three years as a DOE principal, or in a network, cluster, or central leadership role, as of June 2014
  • At least three years of teaching experience (Teacher/PPS State Certification)
  • Prior certification in School Building Leadership (SBL)
  • A minimum of 45 graduate credits which must include a master's degree
  • Must already possess School District Leader (SDL) certification or expect to receive SDL certification through the Advanced Leadership Institute in partnership with Baruch College
  • Must not be the recipient of negative findings in a DOE investigation 


  • Participants will complete three courses (9 credits) and a practicum (6 credits) towards School District Leadership (SDL) certification for a total of 15 graduate credits

Application process:

  • The 2014-15 application process will open on April 25, 2014 and close on May 23, 2014. Sessions will begin in the fall of 2014.
  • The 2013-14 Quick Start Guide is available for viewing application requirements in detail. The application process is subject to change for 2014-15.


Application process




Phase one


Step one:


Advanced Leadership Institute 2014-15 online application


·         Personal information

·         Professional history

·         NYS School Building Leader (SBL) certification information

·         NYS School District Leader (SDL) certification information (if applicable)

·         Three essays


Step two:


Submit supplementary documents (electronically)


·         A resumé or a curriculum vitae

·         Two letters of recommendation

    ·  one from current supervisor
    ·  one from former supervisor


Phase two


If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be contacted to submit supplementary documents.


Step three:


Submit supplementary documents via mail

If you do not currently hold School District Leader (SDL) certification, you must also include:

·         All college transcripts

·         Immunization forms


Step four:



If you are selected to move forward in the application process, our office will contact you to schedule an interview.


Phase three

Step five:


Selection decisions

All applicants will receive notification after selection decisions are made.


Frequently asked questions:

Please view our FAQ.

Program contact:

Nancy Gutierrez, Executive Director, Advanced Leadership Strategy
Office of Leadership
Division of Teaching and Learning